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Leadership - MA


Course Description

The Leadership MA will explore and critique educational leadership and management theory, research and practice and encourage students to reflect on and challenge their own practice as educational leaders or managers. Students investigate how the intersection of policy and practice influences leaders and managers of schools, institutions and systems, and examine how leaders and managers can improve the quality of teaching and learning.

Degree information

This programme provides students with the opportunity to develop their understanding of how leaders and managers can nurture relationships with their communities, investigating how leaders and managers can address issues of race, gender and class within educational organisations to improve student outcomes. Students will be able to join a professional network with other participants from London and around the world.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (60 credits), three optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Leading and Managing Change and Improvement

Optional modules - students choose a maximum of three optional modules. Other elective modules offered within the IOE may also be taken, subject to approval, including the recommended distance learning module, Evaluation and Inspection for Educational Improvement.
-Coaching and Mentoring Principles, Theory and Application to Practice
-Leadership for the Learning Community
-Leading in Diverse Cultures and Communities
-Developing Personal Leadership Skills*
-Exploring Educational Policy*
-Finance and Resource Management*
-Values, Vision and Moral Purpose*

*Modules available from the University of London International Programme (subject to confirmation)

Dissertation/report
Students undertake a dissertation of 20,000 words.

Teaching and learning
Teaching is delivered through face-to-face teaching, facilitation, multimedia presentations and activity-based learning. Each module is supported by materials on our virtual learning environment. The programme is assessed through coursework and the dissertation.

Careers

The Leadership MA is a proven programme which our students have found to be invaluable in enhancing their current roles. A significant number have used both the skills and the qualification as a platform for career advancement. Typically they move into senior leadership positions within their selected phase of working. Subsequently many move on to headship or principalship. A smaller number elect to continue their exploration of education through doctoral studies.

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as principals/head teachers, while others have jobs as university academics.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Head of Psychology / Quality Adviser for Academic Sciences, Unspecified Sixth Form College
-Head of Secondary, Unspecified Secondary School
-Nursery Schools Head Teacher, Unspecified Children's Centre
-Head of Mathematics, Unspecified Secondary School

Employability
Though academic in focus the programme is practical in terms of application. Students develop skills in leading staff, working with teams, professional issues of supporting and challenging motivation, leading change, assessing research claims and developing research-engaged institutions. Wider philosophical and value stances are explored and these are particularly pertinent in working in a truly global context.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The quality and range of the Department of Learning and Leadership's research and development work derives from its excellent reputation, not least for promoting new knowledge for and about leadership, in London, nationally, and internationally.

The department supports educational and public sector leadership for improving the life chances of individuals and communities, working in partnership with practitioners and policymakers at the critical edge of research and practice.

The department is at the forefront of developing research, new knowledge and publications for and about leadership and learning.

Visit the Leadership - MA page on the University College London website for more details!



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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or overseas qualification of an equivalent standard and two years' leadership experience or, if you do not have such experience, we will ask you to demonstrate how your professional role(s) have enabled you to understand organisations and leadership, and how this programme may benefit your future career objectives.

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